By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hot-dog eating champs, backyard picnickers and small-town parade lovers pressed on with Fourth of July celebrations on Friday, some featuring less sizzle than usual after Hurricane Arthur dampened many Independence Day plans. In Washington, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, presided over a barbecue and concert on the White House South Lawn attended by members of the U.S. military and their families. Hurricane Arthur traveled up the East Coast but did not wash out the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York, where a slate of professional eaters competed for purses of $20,000. Runner-up Matt Stonie took down 56 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
JULIAN, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that destroyed two homes left a Southern California mountain town without its popular Fourth of July celebrations, but the blaze, along with another in Northern California, was tame Friday, bringing no new destruction, threats or evacuations.
MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Rumors had swirled among anti-immigration activists near a U.S. Border Patrol station in Southern California that the agency would try again to bus in some of the immigrants who have flooded across the U.S.-Mexico border.